Find Dental Assisting Programs in North Carolina

Now is a great time to ride the wave of new health care jobs roaring across the US. Career opportunities for dental assistants are growing strongly, and this is especially the case in North Carolina. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division, anticipates an increase of over 15% in the numbers of dental assistants in North Carolina in the ten years to 2024. Taking into account both employment growth and the need to replace persons leaving the profession, the Department estimates 3,487 job openings in the state during that period. (Find out about dental hygiene schools in North Carolina).

Requirements

North Carolina dental legislation defines three different titles in the dental assisting field and the duties each may perform.

At the basic level, performing basic supportive procedures, is the Dental Assistant I (DA I). Beyond these duties a DA I may monitor patients under nitrous oxide if they have completed a Board-approved seven-hour course in nitrous oxide-oxygen conscious sedation.

A Dental Assistant II in Training (DA II in Training) is someone completing the two years (3,000 hours) of chairside assistance work experience required to become a DA II. Such a person is prohibited from coronal polishing, radiography procedures and monitoring patients under oxide-oxygen sedation unless they have successfully completed the necessary courses in these functions.

To become a DA II, you must complete the work experience as described above, or complete a CODA-accredited dental assisting program or a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program of at least one year. Another alternative is to take the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. Additionally you must hold a current CPR certification. There are additional requirements for coronal polishing and the monitoring patients under nitrous oxide.

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Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of North Carolina earned an average of $40,560 annually or $19.50 per hour. There were 8,930 people employed in the state. Job openings are concentrated in larger cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston Salem and Greensboro. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Asheville, NC490$18.89$39,290
Burlington, NC90$18.29$38,040
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC1,990$20.25$42,130
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC710$20.48$42,600
Fayetteville, NC410$17.37$36,130
Goldsboro, NC90$18.23$37,910
Greensboro-High Point, NC620$18.50$38,490
Greenville, NC200$18.69$38,870
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC330$16.49$34,290
Jacksonville, NC130$17.76$36,930
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC360$18.59$38,670
New Bern, NC140$21.24$44,190
Raleigh, NC1,500$21.19$44,070
Rocky Mount, NC110$18.87$39,250
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,700$16.61$34,560
Wilmington, NC310$22.08$45,930
Winston-Salem, NC560$19.27$40,070

Well-Known Schools

There are 19 dental assisting schools in Georgia that are recognized by the US Department of Education. As such, students may be eligible for federal financial aid. Of these, all 19 have accreditation from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 15 schools are public and the rest private. For reviews of schools, search online for alumni opinions.

Charlotte, Wake Forest, Greensville, Fayetteville, NC

The Dental Assistant Academy of Charlotte, located at 3707 Latrobe Drive Suite 420, Charlotte, NC 28211 (1-877-432-3554), offers an entry-level Dental Assistant I (DAI) program, the first of two NC certifications. This course has evening and weekend classes so that you can be earning an income while taking the course, and it includes a mandatory 2-week, 40-hour externship. When successfully completed, you will have earned CPR and X-Ray certifications, a HIPAA certification for infection control, and a certificate of course completion. The program costs $3,295 (with auxiliary fees/courses for DAII or RDH in Radiology, Coronal Polishing, Nitrous, Spice and Webinars).

The North Carolina Dental Assistant Training School (NCDATS) offers a 64-hour program at locations in Charlotte and Durham that takes students to DAI certification and provides all the didactic elements necessary for DAII certification. The cost of the program is $2,650 including tuition, fees and books.

Raleigh, Greensboro and Fayette, NC

Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, ha a main campus at 1009 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 (919-878-2077), and other campuses in Fayetteville (919-878-2077) and Greensboro (919-878-2077). They offer a 13-week course at a class fee of $3,395. Students earn certificate of DAI, Radiology, CPR, sterilization and infection control, and chairside training. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m. You will need a copy of your HS diploma (or equivalent), a $30 fee, and a letter describing the interest and assets you bring to the program).

Mooresville, NC

Lake Norman Dental Assisting School is located at 747 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, NC 28117 (704-230-4706) offers. Mooresville, a town of 38,000 people located in the southern Iredell County, is known as the hometown of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers. They offer a DAI, hybrid, 12-week course that trains you in entry-level dentistry as well as front desk procedures at a cost of $3,010 that includes a NC-approved X-Ray course and the online portion of the program (but does not include books and supplies).

Dental Assistant II Programs in NC

NC does not certify assistants. Instead, they have DAI and DAII classifications that are based on training and experience. It is the dentist/employer who determines your level of qualifications. To be classified as a DAII, you need to have completed an ADA-accredited DAI program and have a current CPR certificate, OR have one-year or longer in an accredited dental hygiene program. In addition, you need to have completed 3-hour courses in sterilization and infection control, and dental office emergencies. You can visit here for more information on NC dental assisting and dental hygiene programs and careers.

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Asheville, NC

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
(828) 254-1921
http://www.abtech.edu/curriculum-breakouts/allied-health-and-public-service-education/allied-dental-programs/dental-assist

The Certificate program at Asheville is taught at their Asheville campus. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 8,078 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,003 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of North Carolina are $7,119.

Burlington, NC

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, North Carolina 27253-8000
(336) 578-2002
https://www.alamancecc.edu/dental-assisting-department-site/

The Certificate program at Alamance Community College is taught at their Graham campus. The program is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 4,706 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $2,175 per year. Fees for students from other states are $7,935.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

Central Piedmont Community College

1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
(704) 330-2722
https://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/dental-assisting

The Certificate program at Central Piedmont Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Charlotte. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 19,498 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,561 per year. Tuition for students from outside North Carolina is $8,705.

Kaplan College-Charlotte

6070 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28212
(704) 567-3700
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

The Certificate program at Kaplan College is offered at their campus in the city of Charlotte. This private, for-profit college has about 393 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are about $15,915 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $15,915.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, North Carolina 28146-1595
(704) 216-3602
https://www.rccc.edu/catalog-2013-2014/2012/03/14/dental-assisting-45240/

The Certificate program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offered at their campus in Salisbury in Rowan County. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 6,764 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,420 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $8,564.

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
(919) 962-2211
https://www.dentistry.unc.edu/academic/da/

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a Certificate program in Dental Assisting. The program is accredited by the ADA. This is a full, 4-year public college with 29,278 students, of which 63% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $8,340 per year, while students from other states will pay $30,122.

Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303-0236
(910) 678-8400
http://www.faytechcc.edu/health_programs/dentalassist.aspx

Fayetteville Technical Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Fayetteville, NC. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has approximately 12,584 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,378 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of North Carolina is $8,522.

Goldsboro, NC

Wayne Community College

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
(919) 735-5151
http://www.waynecc.edu/dental-assisting/

Wayne Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Goldsboro, NC. The program is ADA accredited. The college has around 3,822 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $2,380 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $8,524.

North Wilkesboro, NC

Wilkes Community College

1328 South Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697
(336) 838-6100
http://www.wilkescc.edu/Dental/

The Certificate program at Wilkes Community College is taught at their Wilkesboro campus. The program is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 2,660 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,418 per year, while students from other states will pay $8,562.

Raleigh, NC

Miller-Motte College-Raleigh

3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-6072
(919) 723-2820
http://www.miller-motte.edu/programs/dental-assisting

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Raleigh campus. Most of the school’s 525 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are around $10,695 per year. The fees for students from outside North Carolina are $10,695.

Wake Technical Community College

9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
(919) 866-5000
http://www.waketech.edu/programs-courses/credit/dental-assisting

Wake Technical Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Raleigh in Wake County, NC. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has about 20,440 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,485 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $8,629.

Sanford, NC

Central Carolina Community College

1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, North Carolina 27330-9840
(919) 775-5401
http://www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/dental/

Central Carolina Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Sanford, NC. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 4,900 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $2,216 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $8,360.

Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Community College

411 North Front Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401-3910
(910) 362-7000 x7327
http://www2.cfcc.edu/da/

The Certificate program at Cape Fear Community College is taught at their Wilmington campus. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 9,154 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $2,425 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of North Carolina is $8,569.

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